Letter R

Hello Everyone!!

So Today’s letter as chosen by Deryn was…R!

Firstly I was tempted to put my Rainbow DVD’s on (Everyone loves Zippy right?!) But I managed to stop myself…..Deryn likes Zippy and has cuddly toys of him, she even recognises him on my pj’s….but I let her watch Nick JR & Disney Channels instead πŸ™‚

But on the subject of Rainbow…we decided to paint some rainbows first πŸ™‚

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We had lots of fun talking about the colours of the rainbow and how to make them. Lots of beautiful pictures were painted and hung up on the line to dry.

Both kids then fell asleep which gave me time to plan their lunch…..this bit I really enjoyed!!



Ashton had a jam sandwich rocket, Deryn had a ham sandwich rocket. They were decorated with 2 types of cheese, radish & cucumber. The Flames coming out of them is Macaroni Cheese – absolute bargain in Asda at 20p for a box that is made up with milk….yummy!!! and to finish I cut out some grape stars….fiddly but looked fab!!

Both of them tried the radish but left them, I’m just happy they tried them…the rest was gobbled up!! (Literally by Aston who barely took bits of his rocket….pretty much ate it whole!)

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In the afternoon we played for a while and decided to bake some Rainbow cupcakes! Ashton played with his cars and roads in the lounge while Deryn got baking.


She told me every ingredient that we needed – including the baking powder! Such a little baker πŸ™‚ Then we followed the recipe I have used on here previously.


The difference this time is that we split the cake mix between 4 bowls once it was whisked and added food colouring to each bowl – Pink, Green, Yellow & Purple!


They would have been much brighter but we only had a few liquid food colourings here – Will be trying out some gels and other liquids soon to make a bright rainbow cake!


Deryn then decorated them with Rainbow hundreds & thousands, Rainbow sprinkles & Rainbow jellies!


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Subtle colours inside but I think they look fab and I have to say they taste divine.


Nom nom nom!!

These were very much enjoyed after Dinner….which I decided to give a R theme too….


Sausages are a firm favourite here….The sweet potato mash was an attempt at getting Deryn to eat Mashed Potato….it almost worked!

So lots of R themed fun today, yummy meals….only one way to end the day once they were in their Pj’s….


Room on the broom was Deryn’s ultimate favourite, we used to watch it almost every night, then we bought her the book too, Ashton loves the Dragon! So we snuggled up to watch it, while turning the pages of the book too…perfect end to our day πŸ™‚

Just before bed Deryn had the choice for tomorrow…..she chose…..O!

We are going to see Nanny & Granny tomorrow and have lots planned so I will update tomorrow evening for you all πŸ™‚

Emma xx



Letter V

Hello! Today Deryn chose the letter V as our letter for the day πŸ™‚ As you all know we have decided to do a special Letter of the Day each day as chosen by Deryn or Ashton and I have to come up with an art/craft idea, a lunch/dinner idea & a game πŸ™‚

Today we started off with the Very Hungry Caterpillar (Deryn’s favourite) colouring.


The sheets are from the Very Hungry Caterpillar Place Mat Activity pad which I bought HEREΒ for Β£2.99, They are fantastic! They have a choice of 30 activities to chose from – Deryn chose colouring in and Ashton joined in πŸ™‚


For lunch I made the Very Hungry Caterpillar on a leaf!


These were Ham & Phili sarnies in a leaf shape, grapes and a slice of cherry tomato, mini sausage, mini egg and some cucumber πŸ™‚

Deryn – My usually fussy eater tried the cherry tomato and even though she pulled a face she ate it, she even tried one piece of cucumber! Everything else was eaten very quickly πŸ™‚ Ashton dropped most of his on the floor…his new favourite game, but enjoyed what actually made it to his mouth πŸ™‚

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Now…..our original plan was to make Vanilla biscuits and cupcakes in the afternoon….but the kids fell asleep! So I decided to dust off my sewing machine and made a story sack! I had some Very Hungry Caterpillar fabric which I bought to make Deryn a dress ( I must finish that!!) and decided to cut out each of the yummy foods that the hungry caterpillar eats, as well as some backing and stuff them with cotton wool balls! (My stuffing is in the spare room somewhere so I improvised!)

The kids had a lovely bath and we talked aboutΒ lots of words that began with V -(Vase, Volcano, Vinegar, Vanilla and Van) I was tempted to try the volcano trick I saw on Pinterest but at 27wks pregnant Vinegar smell just doesn’t agree with me!

Then when they were out I got out the kids new Very Hungry Caterpillar story sack!!


(I have a Very Hungry Caterpillar to add but I need the fabric for Deryn’s dress first!)




Deryn read the story to me, She is only 3 so can’t read the words but after hearing it so many times she can speak it all off by heart! Along the way she added the foods to the page! Deryn counted while Ashton pointed! πŸ™‚


Very clever πŸ™‚


Matching & counting game πŸ™‚ Ashton enjoyed pointing and looking through all the food and playing with them πŸ™‚



All done πŸ™‚ Lots of fun with our bedtime story. The Story Sack can now be put away and new games made up with it too πŸ™‚

So that was our V day – Deryn chose our letter for tomorrow which is………………R!!

Time to go and plan something fun πŸ™‚

Emma xx

Alphabet Activities!!

Hello All – Emma here!!

So the lovely weather we were promised this week appears to have got lost on its way…the rain found us though! So I have come up with an idea for the kids to keep us all busy while we are stuck indoors. Tonight I have printed off the letters of the alphabet for Deryn & Ashton to take in turns picking out of a bowl to decide what we do the next day πŸ™‚ I then get to plan out some fun ideas around that letter for them πŸ™‚ My choices are for: Lunch, Arts/Crafts and a Game.


Every day we eat lunch together at the table or out as a picnic so I can have a letter theme for each meal πŸ™‚ Both children love making things so we can have a nice messy activity each day and a game πŸ™‚ I love playing games, many of Deryns Orchard Toys games get played more by me than them……oops!

So keep a look out for out posts each day, feel free to message me with any of your own ideas too πŸ™‚ We love testing out new things πŸ™‚

Tomorrows letter as chosen by DerynΒ is……V!!

Emma xx